Death is the way to eternal life but it is also a time of sadness and separation for those left behind. We are here to help you when a loved one dies.
Anyone can have a Christian funeral at Holy Cross or led by one of our clergy. The Rector welcomes enquiries about funerals; contact [email protected] for more information.
Services are conducted by the Rector according to the Scottish Episcopalian funeral rite and may be part of a Requiem Eucharist. Christian funerals normally take place in church but may occur at a crematorium or cemetery. It is also possible to have a simple cremation followed by a service in church. The cremated remains of departed members of the congregation may be interred in the Holy Cross Garden of Remembrance.
God’s love for someone, and also our love for them, does not end at their bodily death. The Church exists both in this world and the next. Christians have thus always expressed this love by praying for the departed and this is an important part of Scottish Episcopalian life. We pray for them particularly at every Eucharist, but also at every funeral.
There is no fixed fee for funerals, whether they are held at Holy Cross or taken by our clergy elsewhere, but we do accept donations. We are often asked for guidance on what to give. Some other churches ask for about £150–£200 for a funeral, but at Holy Cross what you give should depend on what you can afford and no one should hesitate for lack of resources. The fee for our organist at funerals is £75.